Undergraduate

Introduction to Environmental Science

Understanding our planet’s environment requires understanding how the whole Earth functions as an interconnected system. This course investigates the four components of the Earth system in detail: the atmosphere, the oceans, the solid Earth, and the biosphere to understand how these processes interact, and then how we, as humans, impact our planet.

The Power of Truthiness: Thinking and Writing Empirically in a Post-Fact World

In nearly every hour of every day, we are bombarded with arguments and statements meant to persuade us. Whether on television, social media, web sites, or directly from media figures and politicians, persuasive arguments based in “truth” are the coinage of the world we live in. This English 1101 course focuses on the ways in which the “truthiness” of arguments often trumps their verifiable, empirical reality.

Semester in the City: Engaging Communities

“Semester in the City” seeks to familiarize students with nearby Westside communities that have historically faced, and continue to face serious sustainability challenges – even as they continue to develop significant strategies for positive change.  Students learn how ecological, social, and economic systems have operated in these neighborhoods and explore how policy and community mobilization approaches might be re-envisioned to improve liveability.

Principles of Visual Design

Studio-based course that provides students with basic skills needed to create digital visual images and to analyze designs from historical and theoretical perspectives.

Energy, Environment, and Society

The quest for a sustainable energy future involves balancing a series of oftentimes competing goals. On the one hand, continued population growth, combined with increased energy consumption by citizens in ever-richer developing countries, require energy production to keep pace with growth in demand. Access to cheap energy has fueled global economic development, and there is widespread concern that any increases in energy prices will undermine economic growth.

Vertically Integrated Project: Engineering for Social Innovation

This course is part of the Vertically Integrated Projects program, where students get credit for working on ongoing projects over multiple semesters. The Engineering for Social Innovation VIP team teaches sustainability through hands-on projects that serve the global community. We begin with the community assets and then partner with community members to design solutions that meet pressing needs. As an example, one class project will focus on designing shoes from the natural resources available in rural Kenya. Another project will focus on solar power for homes in rural Haiti.​

Intro to Database Systems

A project-based database course offered within the college of computing. Using data from an existing serve, learn, sustain project we'll design a relational database to help analyze and query that data to help find solutions. We introduce the fundamental concepts necessary for the design and use of modern database systems in today’s large scale enterprise applications. We examine the concepts in the order that we typically encounter them in the actual database design process. We start with the problem of conceptually representing data that is to be stored in a database.

Technical Communication

Students will be learning about effectively engaging with information using strategies and practices that allow them to successfully communicate with a variety of stakeholders. Students will learn rhetorical strategies, develop competencies in analysis and citation, and engage in reflection. Students will also be extending problem-solving skills as they work on a range of assignments designed to help expose them to workplace genres. These genres enable students to think more about individual and collaborative strategies.

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